Lancashire have signed New Zealand international all-rounder Nathan McCullum as their overseas player for the Friends Provident t20.
He replaces Pakistan international Shoaib Malik, who was due to represent Lancashire before his ban from playing international cricket was overturned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and he was called up for the Asia Cup which begins on 15th June.
McCullum, the brother of hard-hitting batsman Brendon, who is set to play for Sussex later in the competition, has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for his country and has represented Otago in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20 in India.
Lancashire Director of Cricket Mike Watkinson said: “It was obviously a blow to our plans when Shoaib Malik’s International ban was overturned so close to the start of the competition. However, I am delighted that we have a like for like replacement in Nathan. He is an experienced T20 player who will strengthen both our middle order and spin bowling options.”
Lancashire are hopeful that McCullum will make his debut against Northamptonshire on 9th June.
McCullum added: “I’m really excited at the prospect of joining Lancashire. Twenty20 is a form of the game I really enjoy so hopefully we can have a successful campaign and go the distance. I’ve heard great things about Lancashire as a club and can’t wait to get over there."
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